Giving Tuesday 2019: Emeryville Nonprofits to Donate to this Holiday Season

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Entering its eighth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving following the more capitalist-driven Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days.

Homeless services, children’s causes, conservation, the arts, animals, history – there are so many deserving causes to contribute to this holiday season. To help, we’ve compiled a list of Emeryville-centric nonprofits and a few that are making a difference within our city.

If you are an Emeryville-based nonprofit that we unfortunately missed, please contact us and we’ll update this list.

Aikido Institute

Established in 2002, Aiki Integrated Arts is a California 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that funds the Aikido Institute’s programs for adults and children. Our mission is to provide instruction to the public in the art of Aikido and other movement arts, for the benefit of the practitioners and the community at large. All of our instructors teach on a volunteer basis. All proceeds from our programs go directly towards fulfilling our mission.

Attitudinal Healing Connection

Our Mission is to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.

Berkeley Humane

Berkeley Humane serves the people and animals of our community by providing life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivating compassion, and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Bike East Bay

The East Bay is a leader for innovative and accessible bikeways and streets that meet the needs of all users. Bicycling is a mainstream, comfortable and safe choice for people of all cultures, ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Bicycles are well-integrated into the transportation system and are a key part of our thriving communities.

Center for Investigative Reporting (Reveal News)

The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.

Destiny Arts Center

Destiny Arts Center is committed to reaching young people with the least access to high quality arts education, and the movement arts practices we teach reflect the cultural diversity of the communities we serve. The Destiny community is socio-economically, racially and culturally diverse, and deeply committed to our values of welcome, inclusion and safety.

Emeryville Celebration for the Arts

Emeryville Celebration of the Arts is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the arts and artists in Emeryville, CA, and to promote the city as a culturally vital and progressive center for living and working.

Make Checks Payable to:
Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 8126, Emeryville, CA 94662

Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP)

ECAP’s mission is to provide food, household furnishings, care and compassion to those in need in Emeryville, California and the surrounding bay area communities. We believe food should always be available to everyone.

Emeryville Historical Society

The Emeryville Historical Society is a 30-year-old organization dedicated to preserving the unique history of Emeryville, CA. The EHS produces a quarterly printed journal and is actively working to digitize their vast archives that includes a collection of hundreds of stories and thousands of photos and ephemera.

Escuela Bilingue Internacional

Guiding us as we pioneer into new territories of teaching and learning are our core values of bilingualism, educational excellence, diversity, international mindedness and character. When you walk into each classroom at EBI you can see how we are striving toward our dream of making the world a better place through understanding and respect.

Friends of The Emeryville Child Development Center

Friends of ECDC (“Friends”) is a non-profit org comprised of volunteer parents committed to helping the Center enhance its services to children.

Friends of The Emeryville Senior Center

Friends of Emeryville Senior Center is a 501 (C) (3) public charity which raises funds to support the Senior Center’s programs and activities. Monies are frequently directed, at the recommendation of staff, toward teacher’s salaries, equipment and repairs. Membership includes seniors from many surrounding cities as well as local residents who enjoy the personal contacts; opportunity to travel by bus to museums and Bay Area events; classes in the arts, games, exercise, and computers; many celebrations of life; and the availability of numerous community services offered, on site, by Meals on Wheels, Mercy Brown Bag distribution, AARP, HICAP, and much more.

Mail check made Payable to:
Friends of the Emeryville Senior Center
4321 Salem Street
Emeryville 94608

Gambia Rising

Founded by returned Peace Corps volunteers and former staff, GambiaRising operates through an all-volunteer organization so that 100% of all donations are used to directly support students.

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts

Head Over Heels has provided positive athletic experiences to toddlers, children, teens, and adults since 1977. Our philosophy is that the self-confidence achieved through participation in organized athletics will follow an individual throughout their lives. We understand the balance between receiving positive reinforcement, understanding the need to practice good sportsmanship, and consistently striving to put forth one’s best effort. We believe these skills are the backbone of a healthy, active, well-adjusted adult and this is our wish for all students in our care.

J-SEI, Inc.

J-Sei Home is a wonderful, Japanese assisted-living option in San Francisco Bay Area. The 14-bed licensed Residential-Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) provides care based on Nikkei traditions with an emphasis on Japanese and Asian meals, engaging activities and a warm, supportive environment. Caring staff aims to please and the newly renovated home provides a comfortable living environment.

Jewish Emeryville

Jewish Emeryville provides meaningful and fun Jewish experiences for all ages, young and old. It services the Emeryville residential community, work crowd, and tourists with a variety of programs and classes. We aim to connect on a individual level and believe in the inherent value of each person.

Kala Art Institute

Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.

League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grass roots organization. It supports and opposes selected governmental issues and ballot measures. It promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. Membership is open to men and women over 18 years old.

Living Hope Christian Center

Living Hope is a Spirit-centered, word-filled gathering of passionate worshipers who pray fervently, love intentionally, and whose hearts burn to see Jesus and to reflect his glory to every creature under heaven.

Mindful Schools

Mindful Schools’ strength lies in our community. Our organization has trained more than 50,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals from across the globe, reaching an estimated 3 million children worldwide. We continually engage with our participants about how we can best meet their needs, and adapt our trainings and content to address the challenges they face in the classroom.

Operation Dignity Inc.

Operation Dignity assists homeless veterans and their families. We provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing for homeless in Alameda County, California. We also offer comprehensive support services, nutritious meals and a strong peer community. Our goal is to help veterans rediscover hope and provide the tools needed to live a self-sufficient and stable life.

Paw Fund

Paw Fund runs free pet vaccine clinics every month. We also offer free and low-cost pet health services like spaying and neutering. And we can sometimes provide pet supplies and information (in both English and Spanish) to help you care for your dog or cat.

Trout Unlimited Inc.

For over 35 years, Trout Unlimited has been America’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization, dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring coldwater fisheries.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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  1. The women who work at ECAP are saints. Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program or ECAP helps many Emeryville Marina residents, some of whom live aboard boats. Most on boats are disabled or seniors. ECAP gives food to any in need, without the burdensome monitoring or applications of the state. The food is high quality produce and often organic, from Trader Joe’s and Safeway. I’m so proud of ECAP being organic to Emeryville. Taking care of our own.

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